A Treasure Trove of Fun in 'Timeless Toys'

A montage of toys from Mr. Potato Head to Barbie

Chances are your favorite plaything from bygone days gets a mention in 'Timeless Toys.' hide caption

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That's right, kids... Mr. Potato Head used to require the use of a REAL potato. hide caption

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Mr. Potato Head, with a real potato.

That's right, kids... Mr. Potato Head used to require the use of a REAL potato.

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One of the great things about Silly Putty -- besides that slimy feel -- was using it to copy cartoons out of the funny pages.

Toy inventor Tim Walsh's book Timeless Toys is full of stories about a century of all things playful. He fills Liane Hansen with facts about the Slinky, Play-Doh, Lincoln Logs and other fundamentals of fun.

Jesse Baker produced this story.

Test your F.Q. (Fun Quotient) with the Timeless Toys quiz:

 

1. Name the plaything that breaks each of the following rules:

a) Don't throw the ball in the house.

b) Don't play with your food.

c) Boys don't play with "dolls."

d) Don't play on the stairs.

 

2. Match the classic ad copy with the toy it was written to promote:

 

Ad Copy:

a) Own a bowlful of happiness.

b) You can’t hurt babies or old people.

c) New gyroscopic air foil really sails!

d) Even grownups are google-eyed at its lifelike capers.

e) 10 minutes practice makes you chief witchdoctor in your neighborhood.

f) New, amazing invention! It’s crazy — people scoot like seals!

g) For educational color work.

h) Go...Go...Go...for three in a row...

i) Create colored pictures...with light!

j) Featuring the colorful, exciting SLAM-0-MATIC!

k) Over three billion combinations...just one solution.

l) It’s Almost Alive!

 

List of Toys:

 

1. Lite-Brite

2. Slip 'n' Slide

3. Hula Hoop

4. Sea-Monkeys

5. Frisbee

6. Super Ball

7. Toss Across

8. Crayola crayons

9. Hands Down

10. Rubik's Cube

11. Nerf ball

12. Slinky

 

3. In 1966, a company that was one of the world's largest producers of shower curtains was running machines non-stop to make what classic game?

 

4. Who knew science was such fun? Match the toy with the science behind it:

 

The Toys:

 

Spirograph

View-Master

Sea-Monkeys

Super Ball

Trolls

Nerf ball

 

The Science:

 

Binocular vision

Artemia salina

Hypocycloids

Uglyitis

Open-celled polyurethane

Polybutadiene

 

5. Which inventor took his middle name when naming his creation?

 

Frederick Frisbee Morrison

Herb Cootie Schaper

Joshua Lionel Cowen

Ralph Simon Baer

 

6. Which of the following playthings was created by a woman?

 

Candy Land

Jenga

Barbie

The Landlord's Game (predecessor to Monopoly)

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Classic Toys And the Playmakers Who Created Them

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